Rawalpindi, 23 February 2022 (TDI): The European Union (EU) Special Representative for Human Rights, Eamon Gilmore met with the Pakistani Chief of Army Staff, General Qamar Javed Bajwa at the General Headquarters of the Pakistan Army in Rawalpindi today.

The EU Representative discussed the humanitarian and security situation in Afghanistan after the takeover by the new regime. Collective regional security and mutual diplomatic relations with the European Union were discussed too.

The COAS stated that Pakistan as a nation values its relations with the EU states and Pakistan is looking forward to enhancing the mutually beneficial relations with the EU, which covers various aspects and are based on common interests.

Eamon Gilmore lauded the efforts of Pakistan to stabilize the region and work for peace in Afghanistan. He pledged that he will play his role for further improvements with the diplomatic cooperation with Pakistan at every level.

General Bajwa on the other hand stated that Pakistan wants to develop more mutually beneficial ties with the EU and its member states. He said that the Pak-EU relation is of much value to Pakistan, and further cooperation with benefits to the interests of both subjects should be considered.

The visiting dignitary is in Pakistan to mark the 60 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Pakistan and the European Union. He addressed the centrality of human rights in this longstanding partnership during this visit.

The meeting with the Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Shah Mehmood Qureshi also took place. They discussed the Afghan peace process and the importance of human rights in creating stable and peaceful societies.

During his meetings with the Pakistani Foreign Minister and COAS, Pakistan and the EU agreed to work together for the property and stability of the whole region and the security of the basic human rights in the world, particularly in Afghanistan.